By being a landlord you are running a business, which brings with it responsibilities and legal duties.
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As a landlord it is your responsibility to comply with many items of legislation. Before you rent your property you must ensure it is safe, free from hazards and in a good state of repair. Landlords are expected to address any reported repairs in a reasonable time frame. Where it is reported that this is not the case, Stratford-on-Avon District Council can take specific action to compel you to bring the property up to a satisfactory standard.
There are always new items of legislation, regulation, guidance and/or good practice being published that landlords and agents must adhere to ensure that they remain within the legal framework and to avoid penalties and enforcement.
The council is eager to ensure that landlords and agents providing accommodation for rent in the Stratford-on-Avon area are kept up-to-date with all significant developments that may impact them, so they can operate within the law and at the highest standard.
At the start of a tenancy the landlord has to provide a number of documents to the tenants including;
Failure to provide these can prevent a landlord from serving a section 21 eviction notice when they choose to seek possession of the property back. Some useful guides are available to download. Many landlords choose to use a letting agent to let and set up the tenancy on their behalf.
As of 1st October 2015 all private rented properties must have a minimum of one smoke alarm on every storey of the property and carbon monoxide alarms are required in any properties that burn solid fuels. You can be fined up to £5,000 if this is not the case. Please see the relevant Statement of Principles.
Warwick and Stratford District councils work together to run a landlord forum creating great networking opportunities for landlords who operate in these areas. The forum allows landlords, agents and the council to come together to receive free seminars on current legal requirements, local issues and discusses challenges of renting in the private sector.
Over the last few years lots of new legislation has been brought in, attending the landlord forum is the ideal opportunity to be kept up to date with all relevant Housing legislation.
Details of the upcoming Landlords Forum and links to Landlord Newsletters can be found on the Warwick District Council Landlord Steering Group and Landlord Forums page.
The council recommends that landlords and letting agents undertake training such as the NRLA Accreditation.